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*Based on scheduled timetable
Your journey from Manchester to Southampton will be a comfortable one when you travel with CrossCountry. You can purchase Advance tickets even on the day of travel, up until 15 minutes before departure.
The train from Manchester to Southampton is an enjoyable journey through English cities and countryside. As you leave Manchester you may catch glimpse of the beautiful Peak District National Park before passing through the metropolitan borough of Birmingham. On your journey into Reading you will have two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty either side of you; North Wessex Downs and Chiltern Hills. Our train will drop you off at Southampton Central Station, right in the heart of the city, perfect for you to begin exploring.
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This historic city by the sea has much to entice its visitors. Culture vultures will enjoy its museums, music venues and art galleries, history buffs will be impressed by its ancient monuments, sports fans will appreciate its super-sized stadiums and shoppers can enjoy its exciting retail opportunities. Southampton guarantees a fun-filled trip for everyone of all ages and interests.
Yes, direct trains are available on the CrossCountry network from Manchester to Southampton. Travel time is approximately 4 hours.
If you choose to travel from Manchester to Southampton with CrossCountry your journey is guaranteed to be a comfortable one. We offer a variety of seating options, including table seats, plenty of charge points for your electricals, luggage storage areas, and an at-seat service providing drinks and light refreshments. For even more comfort, we recommend booking a ticket in one of our First Class coaches.
As Southampton Central Station is step-free throughout, it is accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. Along with assistance reaching platforms for those who require it, passengers can also use accessible ticket machines and counters, as well as ramps to board and disembark trains.
Southampton Central Station is located right in the city centre.
For families visiting Southampton Central Station, waiting rooms and baby changing facilities can both be found within the station.
For further information about Southampton Central Station, check out our station guide.
Many bus routes link Southampton Central Station to the city centre and surrounding areas. Bus stops can be found right outside the station, making your onward journey an easy one. If you prefer, a taxi rank is located at the station for a more direct service.
Southampton is one of the leading shopping destinations in the South; with hundreds of stores across the city, you’re bound to find whatever you’re looking for. The city is home to a busy high street, WestQuay and Marlands shopping centres and a collection of unique independent stores spread across Bedford Place and East Street. Whether you want high street favourites, high-end designers or second hand retro shops, Southampton is a great place to shop. Coffee shops, restaurants and pubs can be found across the city, so you can shop till you drop before treating yourself to something tasty.
Southampton is a city full of culture, with lots for its visitors to see and do. Visit one of the city’s galleries like Southampton City Art Gallery or the John Hansard Gallery for some contemporary and visual art. Theatre lovers should find out what’s on at the Mayflower Theatre whilst they’re there. The largest theatre in Southern England, the Mayflower regularly shows West End Shows, musicals, operas and ballet. If music is more your thing, the city is home to many venues like the Southampton Guildhall, a multi-purpose venue staging major rock, contemporary and classical music events. The Turner Sims Concert Hall at the University of Southampton has a reputation for hosting a varied programme including classical, world music and jazz.
Bored of getting wet in downpours? Are the kids going stir-crazy cooped up inside? There’s no need to get fed up sheltering from the rain, as there are plenty of rainy day activities to enjoy when you visit Southampton.Find Out More